Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD)
#GS-01 Indian Culture and Heritage
Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD):
- PRASHAD is a scheme introduced in 2015 by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
- The scheme focuses on identifying and developing the pilgrim sites across the country to enrich the religious tourism experience.
- Its aim is for the integrated development of pilgrimage destinations in a planned, prioritised and sustainable manner in order to provide complete religious tourism experience.
- The scheme will help to create holistic development of the selected pilgrimage destinations by the government along with the cooperation of other stakeholders.
- The scheme was renamed into “National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD)” from its initial name PRASAD in October 2017.
- National IPAC (Integrated Plan approval Committee) is tasked with identifying the pilgrimage sites across India.
- They are also responsible for providing final approval for the Integrated Plans (IPs) for the pilgrimage destinations.
- The identified agencies by the respective State/ Union Territory Government will be responsible for the implementation of the projects identified under this scheme.
- PRASHAD is a Central Sector Scheme with 100% funding provided by the Government of India.